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AFI Docs plans return of in-person screenings for June fest

AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s annual documentary film festival, is planning to host select in-person screenings for its upcoming 19th edition, slated to run from June 22 to 29. With ...
May 4, 2021

AFI DOCS, the American Film Institute’s annual documentary film festival, is planning to host select in-person screenings for its upcoming 19th edition, slated to run from June 22 to 29.

With online passes available as of today (May 4), organizers say the schedule will include films available to watch online, as well as some in-person screenings with limited capacity.

The in-person screenings will be held at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. The films featured this year have yet to be unveiled.

“AFI is committed to both the peerless magic of in-person screenings and the vast accessibility of virtual offerings, which last year allowed AFI DOCS to reach festival-goers in all 50 states,” AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said in a news release.

“With both options now available to movie lovers across the nation, we look forward to celebrating the very best the documentary art form has to offer.”

The move to open up some in-person screenings comes after AFI DOCS ran a fully virtual festival last year with 59 films representing 11 countries. Last year’s festival opened with Apple and A24′s Boys State and closed with the world premiere of Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President, concluding with a surprise conversation with Carter.

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